Vijayawada, the land of Goddess Durga and Krishna River, is a treasure trove for any shopaholic. Being a dynamically developing city, Vijayawada might not offer uncountable glitzy malls but there is no dearth of quality shopping arcades in the city. The best part about Vijayawada is the small antique shops which house some of the most exquisite handicraft items, very own to Vijayawada. The city offers you unfathomable options in terms of textile, jewelry, furniture, paintings and art work, ethnic toys depicting dramatic elements of society and not-to-miss-out the famous Mango pickle or nostalgically called Avakaya.
Markets in Vijayawada
If you are looking for a flea market kind of environment with the vibrancy of real life and colors strewn across, Besant Road in Vijayawada would surely not disappoint you. The most famous article to buy from this place is garments especially saris. Kalamkari Print, an ethnic styling which depicts various creations of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, is very common in the garments sold here and attracts a lot of buyers. Another famous item is Mangalagiri Saris. And that isn’t all; you can find a number of knick knacks like bangles and other junk jewelry being sold on the streets. If you are looking at more customized shopping, visit Kamadhenu Silks and lose yourself in the amazing collection of saris, salwar suits for women and sherwani and kurtas for men.
Markets in MG Road
Shops on MG Road offer different gifting items made of marble, wood, metal and stone adorned jewelry made of silver. Kalanjali Arts & Crafts is a shop you should definitely visit if your shopping list includes gifts to buy. And not just that if you wish to purchase exquisite silk garments with a touch Kalamkari print at its best, MG road has a lot of shops at your service.
Kondapalli Shopping District
You might not be a huge fan of buying toys but a crucial element of Vijayawada’s culture is preserved and depicted through the Kondapalli toys found at the Toy Village. Carved out of the soft wood of trees from Kondapalli Forest Reserve, brightly hued, these toys are sure to catch your fancy.
Eluru Road and Old City Streets
Eluru Road is a one stop shop for all your needs. This road has shops catering to electronics shopping, clothes shopping, and even sweet shopping. Old City, also known as One Town is known for the abundance of textiles of all kinds. Vastralatha building in old city is a major nerve center of garment retail in the city.
Grocery Shopping in Vijayawada
Any shopping is incomplete without grocery items and gone are those days when groceries had to be bought over the counter from small shops in the locality. Vijayawada has a Spencer’s located in Benz Circle and Big Bazaar located in Governorpet to cater to the monthly shopping requirements of the household.
Malls in Vijayawada
Keeping in tandem with the growing “Mall Culture” in the rest of India, Vijayawada also has an amazing array of malls in the city. If you looking for exquisite textiles, handicraft items and jewelry in the comfortable retail space of a mall, then Vijayawada has a number of options. Kalanikethan World, located in Governorpet South Indian Shopping Mall and Chandana Grand Mal, on MG road are some of the options for designer apparel and jewelry. LEPL Centro Mall tops the list of malls in the city with up market stores on boutiques, lifestyle and sports shops, and choicest restaurants. The unique feature of this mall is its central location and its proximity to hotels and office buildings. ICON Mall and Ripple Mall are other shopping destinations in the city.